Men's Basketball Opens Short Two-Game Homestand Against UIC Thursday

Jaylen Benton (Photo by David Dermer)
Jaylen Benton (Photo by David Dermer)

Youngtown State Storylines

• First-year Head Coach Jerrod Calhoun became the program's 13th head coach on March 28, 2017.
• Senior guard Cameron Morse needs just 304 more points to become the third player in program history to record 2,000 points in a career.
• Morse became the 10th player school history to score 1,600 points and ranks 10th all-time with 1,696. 
• Morse also needs 296 points to become YSU's Division I all-time leading scorer. The YSU Division I scoring record is 1,991 by set by Kendrick Perry (2010-14).
• Freshman Naz Bohannon became the first YSU freshman to post at least three double-double in season since joining the Horizon League in 2001-02.
• Over the last two games, Bohannon averaged 12 points and 13.5 rebounds per game and shot 47.6 percent from the field.
• Junior Tyree Robinson has made 20-of-34 field-goal attempts in Horizon League play for a FG% of .588.
• Senior Cameron Morse has scored 943points in his last 42 Horizon League games for an average of 22.3 points per game.
• Morse ranks in the YSU top 10 in 3-pointers made (t-3rd), points per game (6th) field goals made (9th) and scoring (10th). He's approaching top 10  FTs made.
• Sophomore Braun Hartfield ranks 9th in the Horizon League in scoring (14.8), third in steals per game (1.6).
 
 
 
Game Preview
• The Youngstown State men's basketball team returns home for a pair of games beginning with a matchup against UIC, Thursday, Jan. 18.
• Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. at the Beeghly Center.
• The game will be broadcast on 570 WKBN and ESPN3.
 
Up Next
• The Penguins close out their two-game homestand and play their final home game in the month of January when they host Horizon League newcomer IUPUI, Saturday, Jan. 20.
• Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. at the Beeghly Center.
• The game will be broadcast on 570 WKBN and ESPN3.
 
Last Time Out
• Sophomore Braun Hartfield scored a game-high 26 points but the Penguins dropped a 77-67 decision Wright State on Jan. 15.
• Freshman Naz Bohannon posted his second straight double-double with 11 points and a career-high 15 rebounds.
• Senior Jaylen Benton had 12 points and five assists while junior Devin Haygood added 10 points.
 
The UIC Series
• This is the 39th meeting between Youngstown State and UIC in a series that dates back to 1993. 
• The Flames own a 27-11 advantage in the all-time series and swept the season series against the Penguins last year. 
• The Flames defeated the Penguins, 84-81, at the UIC Pavilion on Feb. 9, 2017, and 92-89 in overtime at the Beeghly Center on Jan. 14, 2017.
• Since losing the first 16 games of the series, the Penguins have won 11 of the last 22 contests against UIC.
 
Morse 2,000-Point Countdown
• Senior Cameron Morse has scored 1,696 career points and needs 304 points to become the third player in school history to score 2,000 career points.
• Morse also needs 296 points to become YSU's Division I all-time leading scorer with 1,992 points.
• He became just fourth player in YSU's Division I history to record 1,600 points and the 10th player all-time.
• Morse is the 48th player in Horizon League history to score at least 1,600 career points and ranks tied for 39th on the Horizon League all-time scoring list. 
• Last season, Morse scored 711 points and had 608 as a sophomore.
 
Bohannon Doublin' Up
• Freshman Naz Bohannon back-to-back double-doubles for the first time in his career with 11 points and a career-best 15 rebounds against  Wright State on Jan. 15.
• He also posted the second double-double of his career with career bests in points (13) and rebounds (12) against Detroit Mercy on Jan. 12.
• He is the first YSU freshman to record at least three double-doubles in the same season since joining the Horizon League in 2001-02.
• Bohannon is the first YSU freshman since 2012-13 to post multiple double-doubles in the same season.
• The last freshman to do so was Bobby Hain.
 
Double-Double Squared
• Junior Devin Haygood and freshman Naz Bohannon each posted double-doubles against Detroit Mercy on Jan. 12.
• It marked the first time since 2014 against South Dakota that two players posted double-doubles in the same game.
 
To Catch a Thief
• Youngstown State currently leads the Horizon League with 170 steals and 8.9 steals per game.
• The Penguins also rank 11th nationally in steals per game.
 
Hartfield Among League Leaders
• Sophomore Braun Hartfield ranks high in several Horizon League statistical categories.
• The Cleveland, Ohio, native ranks third with 1.6 steals per game and9th with 14.8 points per game.
• He has 15 double figure scoring games this season and four of more than 20, including a career-high 33 against Canisius on Nov. 18.
• He scored a team-high 22 points in YSU's 80-77 win over Cleveland State on Jan. 1.
 
A Win Would
• Give Youngstown State its 12th win over UIC.
• Snap a two-game losing streak to UIC.
• Mark YSU's first win over the Flames since 2016.
• Mark YSU's fifth win over UIC in the last eight games.
• Mark Jerrod Calhoun's 130th career win and his sixth at Youngstown State.
• Mark the 1,082nd victory in program history.
• Give the Penguins an 6-13 overall record and a 4-2 mark in the Horizon League
• Mark YSU's second road win of the season.